Black Caps want to extend unbeaten run

New Zealand

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum says the Black Caps will head into the third and final Test against Australia, starting in Adelaide on Friday, with a sense of excitement, and not just because they will play with a pink ball.

The Kiwis will also go into the match trying to protect a two-year unbeaten run in Test cricket, which includes drawn series' in England and UAE, against Pakistan.

The Aussies lead the current series one-nil, after they won the first game in Brisbane while the second Test was drawn in Perth.          

McCullum said: "We head into this Test match with a sense of excitement, not just about obviously the pink ball and the occasion but also the fact we've got an opportunity to try and draw the series and protect what is a record [of unbeaten series] we're pretty proud of over the past little while.

"We walked into this series as well-prepared as we thought we could be, but almost a little bit nervous and that affected the way we were able to execute our skills.

"Credit to Australia they put us under a lot of pressure early on and knocked us of our lengths and dented the confidence of the bowlers who like to settle in on certain lengths and plans.

"It's a combination of us not being quite at our best and Australia playing really well. Since day two in Perth we've seen [us] . . . operating a little closer to what we expect on a daily basis.

"There's some encouraging signs but we've got to get better in this Test as well. I'm confident we'll put in an even better performance than we displayed in the past two Test matches – but you're never quite sure."